• The Best Things to do in Asheville in January
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    The 13 Best Things to do in Asheville in January

    I once read that “when someone falls in love with your flowers and not your roots, they don’t know what to do when winter comes” (Anonymous). Popular wisdom always encrypts some truth. Loving the seasons of the year and the seasons of your life is a crucial element to happiness! Asheville in January is very special and has a sweet intimacy. The introvert in me (I also have a very loud extrovert who shows up in spring!) loves the quieter streets of downtown, the less crowded restaurants, and the beautiful light in the winter afternoons.  If you want a less touristy and more authentic experience, January is one of the…

  • Montford Park Players Review in Asheville, NC
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    Montford Park Players Review: A Legacy of Community Art

    There is more than a little bit of chatter on local Asheville websites and social media pages these days – like anywhere that is growing and has tourism as a major industry, Asheville is trying to figure out what this town looks like with so many new faces on the streets.  One thing that I think will help us all move into the future together, though, is the way that this community has committed to each other, particularly to each other’s arts and crafts, over the years. If the new folks can get on board (me included!) and do our part, I can see us succeeding as a city for…

  • Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Asheville, NC
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    14 Fun and Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Asheville

    Asheville in October gives a steady display of fun and beauty. From the gorgeous color of the leaves and perfect fall weather to the many festivals and events held to enjoy the season, there is something to do every single day of the month. Each family celebrates Halloween in Asheville in a different way. Some traditions come back year after year, and new ones are always popping up. Of course, the evening of October 31 is the grand finale of a spectacular month, and we go all out to celebrate.  Asheville’s October events cover it all: from family-friendly haunted houses, fun corn mazes, and picturesque pumpkin patches to fabulous ghost…

  • The Best Places to go Trick or Treating in Asheville, NC
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    The Best Places to go Trick-or-Treating in Asheville

    Halloween in Asheville is fun, like everywhere else, and beautiful! The weather is perfect by the end of October: warm, sunny, glorious days and chilly, crisp nights. Most years, the trees still display their stunning fall colors, and the evening breeze adds the last touch for a perfect night to celebrate the magic of fall. The roots of the current traditions of All Hallows’ Eve are ancient and diverse, but one thing is for sure – almost everyone loves Halloween! What’s not to love about wearing a fun costume, walking around after dark with dozens of people wearing costumes, and getting (tons of) free candy? Of course, the biggest applause…

  • The Best Activities for Babies and Toddlers in Asheville, NC
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    The Best Activities and Playgroups for Babies and Toddlers in Asheville, NC

    Many parents who began their parenting journey in some season of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced the reduction in socializing options during that time. For many of us, we just got used to interacting with fewer people and living without all the social, kid-friendly activities on offer in Asheville. However, I frequently saw parents posting in local social media groups about how they really spent all their time with their own child or children, and they’d really like to get out and do activities with others. Questions about what to do in Asheville with kids abound! Life is busy, and finding Asheville activities for kids can seem daunting, but once you…

  • Complete Guide to the Libraries in Asheville, North Carolina
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    A Guide to the Libraries of Asheville, NC

    The idea of a public library is a powerful one – rather than just buying a few books for one’s own home, our tax dollars work together to share thousands of physical books and countless additional online resources.  From doing research about one’s family history to taking free online coursework to improve one’s career opportunities, there are incredible benefits to using the public library as a resource. Start your own exploration with this library guide, but then hop over to the Buncombe County Public Libraries website to get even more up-to-date listings for events and activities.  Why are Asheville libraries so important to local residents? The Buncombe County Public Libraries…

  • The Best Pediatricians in Asheville, NC
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    Keeping Kids Healthy: Get to Know the Wonderful Pediatricians in Asheville

    When we’re getting started in a new place, there’s always a long to-do list of getting established and feeling like the whole family has their feet under them, from finding schools to getting the scoop on the best restaurants in your area.  When you move to Asheville, finding a great pediatrician is definitely high on that list – no one wants to run into a birthday or an illness without having a trusted professional to consult about development and health.  While we work to be accurate in our descriptions of local pediatrician offices, doctors do change practices, so we recommend checking each pediatrician office in Asheville before you request an…

  • Guide to Bryson City, North Carolina
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    A Complete Guide to Bryson City: Activities, Restaurants, Bars, and Shops

    Bryson City is a charming little town right in the middle of much of what makes the Western North Carolina mountains so incredible. From the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which holds some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the area, to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Qualla Boundary and all that Cherokee, NC, showcases for tourists, you’ll have plenty to see and do.  There are train outings, fresh air, tasty food, and watersport options on both Fontana Lake and the nearby Nantahala River. What’s even better is that you may feel like you’re far from it all, but you’re only three hours from Atlanta and…

  • How to Celebrate Pride Month in Asheville, NC
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    16 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month in Asheville

    I was born in Argentina in the ‘70s during some of the most violent years of our history, leading to a brutal dictatorship that ended when I was 13 years old. My hometown had a little mall with a low-profile café/bar. The windows had curtains, and the inside was always dark and illuminated with purple lights. But once, when I was about seven, I took a sneak peek and saw two men holding hands.  That was when I learned that two men could love each other romantically. I then remembered I had seen two women holding hands once. However, nobody had told me about them – we never mentioned them…

  • Fun Dog-Friendly Activities in-Asheville, North Carolina
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    14 Fun Dog-Friendly Activities in Asheville, NC

    Did you know that “Dog City, USA” is one of Asheville’s most prestigious titles? A quick Google search will show you that our city has been chosen multiple times as one of the friendliest towns in the United States. Of course, that level of care, service, and hospitality had to include being welcoming of man’s best friends: doggies! I couldn’t agree more with photographer and writer Roger Caras when he said, “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” Traveling is not the same without them, and while some destinations are not suitable for their needs, Asheville is the perfect place for dogs to enjoy themselves…